Newly out Frank Ocean to perform at MTV VMAs

R&B singer is nominated for Best New Artist award alongside One Direction and Carly Rae Jepson

Newly out Frank Ocean to perform at MTV VMAs
28 August 2012

Newly out RnB star Frank Ocean will perform at next month’s MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV News has confirmed the musician will join performers including Pink, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

Ocean is also in contention for the Best New Artist award alongside One Direction, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepson, and fun.

According to reports, Ocean is also being considered for the coveted spot of musical guest on Saturday Night Live’s premiere episode.

The Odd Future member has seen his popularity boom after coming out publicly on a Tumblr post.

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, the 24-year-old addressed the need for more gay role models.

He said: ‘I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way.’

The singer has had an extremely supportive response, with rapper 50 Cent saying if anyone has a problem with Ocean then they are an ‘idiot’.

Ocean’s first major label solo album, Channel Orange, has stormed to critical and commercial success, reaching the top of the US Billboard R&B chart.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Kevin Hart will air live on 6 September. Check your local listings for times.

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